In this paper, I will highlight some of the assumptions underlying the new language and approach in the field of science communication, –that is, the language of public engagement or social appropriation. My goal is to show how an understanding of the political implications of different models of science communication can help us negotiate the relationships of power and authority that are at stake. Recognizing the political complexity of the public engagement context can help in identifying the scholarly questions that need to be explored, as well as the more practical questions that need to be asked in evaluations of particular events, activities, and institutions.
Based on presentation to workshop on "New views and challenges in science communication and the promotion of scientific culture," University of Valencia, 1-2 December 2009.
public participation; public engagement; science communication; social appropriation
Previously Published As
Lewenstein, Bruce V. (2010). Modelos de comprensión pública: la política de la participación pública. (Models of Public Understanding: The Politics of Public Engagement). ArtefaCToS, 3(1), 13-29.